FRESHFIELDS Animal Rescue Centre, which has a recently opened charity shop in Southport, has taken unexpected delivery of not one – but seven Shih Tzus dogs after their owner passed away suddenly.
The adorable pooches, all aged between five and ten years old, were left to the rescue centre thanks to an unknown sub clause in the will of their owner – although bosses at the centre say they were fortunate enough to have the capacity to take them on.
However the ordeal of changing homes is not the only issue now facing the dogs after a vet discovered six need neutering, all of them need dental treatment and six are suffering from hernias.
All of which will run up a costly bill for the centre in Ince Blundell – meaning bosses are yet again turning to the kindness of strangers to help fund the care of the abandoned pups.
A spokesperson for the centre told The Champion: “These lovely Shih Tzus arrived at Freshfields Animal Rescue after their guardian had passed away very suddenly.
“They were very bewildered and confused, and in need of reassurance and loving care.
“All seven are females aged between five and ten years old; they are friendly and affectionate dogs and we will do everything we can to give them a chance.
“We responded quickly and provided immediate support in a situation which could have ended in tragedy for the dogs.
“We were unexpectedly left the dogs as a provision of the will of the deceased, and there were no financial plans in place for their support.
“The dogs were fortunate in this instance, as we were able to take them in.
“It’s an all-too familiar story here at Freshfields. We will always put the welfare of the animals at the heart of everything we do. It’s been our guiding principle for the past 40 years.
“However, it is a fact of our life that costs for smaller charities continue to climb, and the financial needs of the centre are stretched as never before.
“Veterinary fees are the biggest single area of expenditure for Freshfields. Unexpected arrivals with needs on this scale put a big strain on the finances of the charity.
“With no financial support in place to care for these dogs, we appeal to the public to help us to cope with the veterinary and medical bills so that one day hopefully they will find loving and happy homes.
“People can donate via our website at http://www.freshfieldsrescue. org.uk or by cheque to: Freshfields Animal Rescue, East Lodge Farm, East Lane, Ince Blundell, Merseyside L29 3EA. Or drop in to any of our charity shops, in Wesley Street and our new shop at 21-23 Shakespeare Street, Southport.